The early days of the Afghanistan conflict allowed the Toyota pickup entered public consciousness as the vehicle of choice for the Taliban. The images got Toyota some bad press, but it turns out that the Japanese auto maker is pretty much the only game in town.
Afghani car dealers estimate that up to 90% of vehicles on the road are Toyota Corollas. While Afghanistan’s sole Toyota distributor says business is up by 626% (selling 401 cars this year compared to 64 before that), the majority of customers flock to used Corollas from across the globe, with the “German” ( European) Corolla at the top of the pecking order.
While the dominance may be good for Toyota, the homogeneous nature of Afghani cars must be hell for intelligence officers trying to guard against suicide bombers. Broadcasting an alert for a “White Corolla” is pretty meaningless when everybody is driving one.
[Source: The Washington Post]